Tom Dumoulin: I still have it in me to ride for GC in a Grand Tour

HOUFFALIZE BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 04 Tom Dumoulin of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma competes during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 6 a 2076km stage from OttigniesLouvainlaNeuve to Houffalize BeneluxTour on September 04 2021 in Houffalize Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) (Image credit: Getty Images)

The big questions were already there two years ago, when Tom Dumoulin was training on Mount Teide in preparation for the 2019 season. On a car ride back to the Parador Hotel with Team Sunweb coach Brian Stephens, Dumoulin grappled with the biggest of them all: why do it?

"We were actually talking about this topic: why do you completely suffer through it? It's not easy, because you have to find new ways of smashing yourself and find new places of pain, and why do you do that?" Dumoulin told Procycling on that February afternoon, as dusk fell gently over the mountainside.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.